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Bits and Bytes was the name for two Canadian television series, starring Billy Van, who teaches people the basics of how to use a computer.

The first series debuted in 1983 and the second series, called Bits and Bytes 2, in 1991. The first series also included popular comedian Luba Goy as the instructor to Van. The intro sequence featured a montage of common computer terms such as "ERROR", "LOGO" and "ROM", as well as various snippets of simple computer graphics and video effects, accompanied by a theme song that very heavily borrows from the 1978 song Neon Lights by Kraftwerk. The series were produced by TVOntario. The Writer-Producers of Both Bits and Bytes and Bits and Bytes 2 were Denise Boiteau & David Stansfield.

The original series featured an unusual presentation format whereby Luba Goy as the instructor would address Billy Van through a remote video link. The video link would appear to Luba who was seated in an office on a projection screen in front of her. She was then able to direct Billy who appeared on a soundstage with various desktop computer setups of the era. Popular systems emphasized included the Atari 800, Commodore PET, Tandy TRS-80, and Apple II. Each episode also included short animated vignettes to explain key concepts, as well as videotaped segments on various developments in computing. In the new 1991 series, Billy Van assumed the role of instructor (Luba Goy did not return) and taught a new female student. As a decade had passed, the new series focused primarily on IBM PC compatibles (i.e. Intel-based 286 or 386 computers) running DOS and earlier versions of Windows, as well as the newer and updated technologies of that era.

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Welcome to Bits and Bytes, a television program about computers, or rather about microcomputers — the small, personal ones that are selling like hot cakes nowadays. Bits and Bytes was a Canadian television series, produced by TVOntario in 1983. It starred Luba Goy as the instructor, and Billy Van as the student. The show consisted of 12 episodes and featured many of the classic 80s microcomputers including the Apple ][, Commodore PET, VIC 20 and 64, Atari 800, TRS-80, TI 99 and the IBM PC....
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In this episode of Bits and Bytes we're going to look at the microcomputer in the work place, where the two most wide spread applications are word processing programs and the VisiCalc-type of program, the electronic spreadsheet. Bits and Bytes was a Canadian television series, produced by TVOntario in 1983. It starred Luba Goy as the instructor, and Billy Van as the student. For more information, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bits_and_bytes. Also note that this series is no longer available...
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In this episode of Bits and Bytes, we're going to give you an idea of the range of ready-made programs that you can get for the computer. We'll also look into the question of the computer's speed, and what ROM and RAM mean. Bits and Bytes was a Canadian television series, produced by TVOntario in 1983. It starred Luba Goy as the instructor, and Billy Van as the student. For more information, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bits_and_bytes. Also note that this series is no longer available for...
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In this episode of Bits and Bytes, we're going to analyse what a computer program is, what its basic elements are, we're going to also look at the basic elements of the computer itself, and see how these tie in with programming. Bits and Bytes was a Canadian television series, produced by TVOntario in 1983. It starred Luba Goy as the instructor, and Billy Van as the student. For more information, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bits_and_bytes. Also note that this series is no longer available...
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Bits and Bytes
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